In early 1993, I was sitting alongside Dave Liss in Bob Sattelmeyer’s graduate class in American Romanticism. Dave needed a roommate, and I needed a place to live, and within a few weeks I was living in the Candler Park (roughly speaking) neighborhood of Atlanta. Conversations with Dave are probably the reason I became interested in the eighteenth century to begin with. Later, while working on his Ph.D. at Columbia University, Dave decided that he’d rather write a novel than a dissertation, and so he did. In fact, following the success of his first book, Dave’s second novel is out just this week. It’s called The Coffee Trader.
These books are really fun reads, particulary (I suspect) for people who enjoy historical fiction. It’s not a genre I’m usually drawn towards, but I like these two novels a lot.